History professor helps state honor Michigan’s Underground Railroad history

After a proclamation by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, September in Michigan has been officially designated Underground Railroad Month, and Detroit Mercy Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine played a crucial role in making that happen. Finkenbine, who is also director of the Black Abolitionist Archive, heard about the idea of …

School Psychology program earns important designation

University of Detroit Mercy’s Specialist in School Psychology program earned an important designation – Verified Course Sequence (VCS) – from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). This designation indicates that the program’s curriculum meets requirements by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) ensuring ease of preparation for students who …

Professor of English John Freeman presented the paper, “Poe’s Philosophy of Comp[utation]: A Programmer’s Guide to ‘The Raven,” and was a discussant at the Language and Literature Symposium, sponsored by the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Sept. 26.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine co-presented the webinar, “Teaching the Underground Railroad,” with Oakland University Development and Educational Studies Instructor Carol Bacak-Egbo, Sept. 23. This session was part of the virtual Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine gave the talk, “A Slave Couple Crosses Lake Erie, 1820,” as part of a webinar Freedom Seekers Traveling the Great Lakes Region of the Underground Railroad, Sept. 17. The event was sponsored by the AKA Sorority of the Great Lakes Region, a leading African …

Creative writing class brings Detroit Mercy students and alumni together

University of Detroit Mercy Professor of English Nick Rombes decided to do something creative for his creative writing class this summer, inviting several alumni to audit the class to create a mix of alumni and current undergrad students. “The idea was to bring together students and alums from different age …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine participated in a panel for the webinar, “The Fluid Frontier Revisited: The Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland,” Sept. 1. This meeting was the first event in the month-long Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was interviewed on Travel Michigan about the upcoming Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering, airing on state radio stations, Aug. 29-30. The gathering is a ten-session virtual program that will air as a Zoom webinar throughout the month of September. Finkenbine chaired the Program Committee …

Professor of English John Freeman‘s article, “E. E. Cummings by the Numbers,” was published in Essays in Criticism by Oxford University Press. Read the abstract available online.

Professor of History Greg Sumner was quoted in the Detroit Free Press for his insights into a little known story of Michigan World War II history – the story of “America’s Siberia.” Read the full article online.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was interviewed on the “Underground Railroad in Missouri” by the National Park Service’s Slave Stampedes Project, based at Dickinson College. Finkenbine is a member of the board of advisors for the project. Watch the video here:

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine presented at national webinar, informing and mobilizing efforts to designate September as International Underground Railroad Month. The event was co-sponsored by the National Park Service, the Maryland Office of Tourism and the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission. Finkenbine was also recently chosen to participate in …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine wrote the History News Network article, “It’s time for white parents to have the talk with their children,” June 14.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison published the entry, “Mary Barton (Gaskell),” in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing (Lesa Scholl, Editor. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Professor of History Greg Sumner’s op-ed was recently published by the Detroit Free Press.  The article speaks to the Italian campaign in World War II — a point in history often overlooked in history. Sumner points out how approximately 8,000 American soldiers lost their lives before Allied troops finally entered …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was quoted in the Truthout op-ed, “Formerly Incarcerated People Should Be Compensated for Telling Their Stories,” May 17. The article compares ex-slaves who spoke for the antislavery movement with former prisoners who advocate for the prison-abolition movement.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine published an invited article, “Black Abolitionists and the Fifteenth Amendment,” on the National Park Service website. The article highlights the Black Abolitionist Archive at Detroit Mercy.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison published, “An Ethics of Place: On North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell,” in My Victorian Novel, published by University of Missouri Press. The book is available as an eBook at the McNichols Campus Library or through Project Muse online.

Data Analytics program trains students for Big Data careers

Detroit Mercy’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics seeks students interested in Big Data careers. The application period for this program is now open for summer and fall enrollment. This new program is built on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary foundation that draws on courses from several Detroit Mercy departments, …

Professor of English John Freeman’s article, “Code Poetry in Motion: E. E. Cummings and his Digital Grasshopper” is now available from the journal, Postmodern Culture. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the College of Liberal Arts & Education Scholarly Colloquium.